Friends, a word of warning for those about to visit one of the many beautiful state and federal parks - if a permit is required to hike a trail or go climbing or BMXing, buy the darned thing! Enforcement has stepped up and there is a "no warning" policy in effect. A friend of mine visited a popular state park in Washington state and received a $250 citation for hiking on a trail without a permit. He was shocked for he's been visiting and hiking said park for 4 decades. No longer will a simple 'day-use fee' cover you if a trail permit is required. And don't try to save a few bucks by skipping that 'day-use fee.' There is enforcement now and that can bring a pretty hefty fine and/or a tow for your vehicle. A popular Cascade foothills state park near my home has enforcement in the form of ticket writers. That did surprise me for I'm a frequent visitor and I can count on one hand the times I've actually seen a ranger or traffic officer before this season. Blame budget cutbacks and the messes people too often leave behind. Someone has to pay for the cleanup and trail maintenance. Without money budgeted for it, that someone is us.